The Orvis fly-fishing blog celebrates all things fly fishing, featuring top-notch articles, tips, photos, videos, podcasts and the latest fly-fishing news. From trout fishing in the famed rivers of Montana to brown-lining for carp in the urban jungle to chasing sailfish of the coast of Baja, we cover all sides of the sport we love. Regular features include Tuesday Tips, which will make you a better angler, and the Friday Fly-Fishing Film Festival, made up of the best videos from around the world.

Friday Film Festival 09.30.11


Written by: Phil Monahan

Welcome to another edition of the OrvisNews.com Friday Film Festival, in which we scour the Web for the best fly-fishing footage available. This week’s collection offers super-fast action in the salt for albies, redfish, and snook, as well as great steelhead footage to get Great Lakes fishermen pumped for the season. We’ll also take you to Alaska for an adventurous float trip that features three guys daring each other to eat. . . .

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McKinney Diaries III: First Solo Fish


Written by: Phil Monahan

[Editor’s Note: A few weeks ago, we introduced a series by Orvis’s Mike Mckinney, who has been learning to fly-fish after avoiding the sport for as long as an Orvis employee can, with a post called “Resistance is Futile. Episode II described Mike’s first fish. We’ll follow Mike’s journal entries, which describe his successes (and failures) along the way to become a true fly fisherman.]

Fly Fishing lesson number 2: Steve gave me a shopping list of basics. I stopped by the store but forgot the list. I remembered all the basics, but could not remember the names of the half dozen flies he had recommended. All I could remember was the size (14). I picked anything that had white. That’s all I remember about the flies we used the last time we’d gone out. . . .

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10 Tips for Fall Streamer Fishing


Written by: Drew Price

Drew Fall Brown

The author with a fine autumn brown trout that he stalked and caught on a streamer.

photo courtesy Drew Price

It’s the season to get into some really big wild brown trout. They are setting up for the spawn right now, and this is some of my favorite fishing of the entire year. If you do things right, you could land the biggest trout of your life, so here are a few things that you can do to improve your odds: . . .

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Tom Rosenbauer’s Five Big Tips for Small Streams


Written by: Phil Monahan

In this week’s podcast, we explore the world of small stream trout with 5 detailed tips (mainly because I was too lazy to organize more–actually there are probably about 20 tips included) that cover everything from what rod to use to how to find your own small stream.

There are tens of thousands of tiny trout streams in the United States, many of which never get fished or are fished infrequently, so it’s a great place to get solitude and return to the essence of fly fishing. I also introduce two new items to the podcast, and we’re looking for your feedback on these: a selected book of the week and “products you might have missed”, a short section on handy fishing products that you might not have heard about. And, of course, we answer several questions in our popular “Fly Box” section

I am thrilled the podcast has grown so much, but I’m having a hard time keeping up with emails. I still want to hear from you, though as that is how we get material for the show! For podcast suggestions. please use the online forum at orvis.com/podcastfeedback or our voicemail line at 802-362-8800

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Tying the Tabory Snake Fly


Written by: Phil Monahan

The advent of autumn means it’s time for the serious saltwater-blitz season along the Atlantic seaboard. For many salty anglers, Lou Tabory’s seminal book Inshore Fly Fishing unlocked the secrets to casting for striped bass, bluefish, and false albacore from the beach. Tabory has designed many of the best striper patterns, including the Snake Fly shown here. With its ostrich-herl tail, marabou collar and. . .

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Video of the Day: April’s Dean River Chinook


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a fun video that shows April Vokey hooking and landing a big Dean River Chinook salmon. The best part is how she calls the strike just before she sets the hook: “Oop! There it is.” After listening to the cameraman and sound guy yammer while she fights the fish, you’ll have no doubt about why she always puts a musical soundtrack over these scenes.

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Video of the Day: April’s Dean River Chinook


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a fun video that shows April Vokey hooking and landing a big Dean River Chinook salmon. The best part is how she calls the strike just before she sets the hook: “Oop! There it is.” After listening to the cameraman and sound guy yammer while she fights the fish, you’ll have no doubt about why she always puts a musical soundtrack over these scenes.

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